Today In Music, April 15th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 15th April):

Birth

1968. Edward John O’Brien (Radiohead) born in Oxford, England.

On The Water

1996. Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead) and Deborah Garcia scatter Jerry Garcia‘s remaining ashes on the water near Golden Gate Bridge. The two had already scattered some on the Ganges river, in India, on April 4th.

Under The Hammer

1992. Andrew Lloyd Webber spends £ 11.6 million on an 18th century Canaletto painting of the Old Horse Guards in London. It was feared that the masterpiece would go overseas after the Tate Gallery’ budget of £ 6 million was outmatched by foreign bidders. The composer flew into London from France for the auction but also took time to pick up an Ivor Novello Award for the musical, “Joseph And The Amazing Texhnicolor Dreamcoat”.

In Hospital

1982. Billy Joel is flown to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York after a motorcycle accident on Long Island. The singer suffered a fractured right wrist and broken left thumb and required extensive surgery. A spokesman for the hospital later commented that piano playing would be part of Joel’s therapy.

On Television

2001. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Clawfinger; Stereophonics; Muse; Ash; Thumb; Backyard Babies; Less Than Jake; Wheatus; Powderfinger (Düsseldorf, Philipshalle). Here’s Muse with “Bliss”.

Death

1970. George Goldner, music industry hustler and small label boss dies.

 

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